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Grand Knight Message - November 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009 10:30 PM | Rafael Betancourt (Administrator)

Dear Brother Knights,

Last month I shared a reflection on “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Civilization of Love,” by Carl Anderson. This time I would like to share a personal anecdote of the power Our Lady’s intercession. About 12 years ago, I went on a trip to Mexico City on a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. There were 5 people signed up when suddenly Mike had to cancel the trip because he got gravely ill.

Mike, who was the picture of perfect health, had a liver problem that got aggravated, putting him on the transplant list – it was going to be months to a year, before his number was up. He was not going to be traveling any time soon.

The rest of us decided to go ahead with the trip, and promised Mike to offer our prayers for his prompt recovery and health. Once we arrived at the Basilica, my roommate offered the Rosary for Mike’s kidney while we were standing in front of the Tilma. Thank God Our Lady could read the intentions in our hearts and disregarded our ignorance of anatomy.

Two weeks after we got back, a tragic accident claimed the life of a 17-year old motorcyclist who happened to be a perfect match. Mike got his transplant – and a year later he joined us in our pilgrimage, this time in thanksgiving for a favor received. Since then, Mike got married to my former roommate’s sister (yes, the one who prayed for the wrong body part), and is now the proud father of two children.

For some, this may sound like a coincidence – but we know better. I ask all of you to participate in the celebrations of December 12th, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and Mother of the Civilization of Love. I’ll leave you with the words of the Blessed Mexican Martyr’s: ¡Viva Cristo Rey y Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

SK Rafael Betancourt, GK

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